If you are a family care provider in an aging family, give yourself and your loved one a valentines gift- the essence of love- hire Wonder woman to be a fictive sister to help with the care you provide . Call an an aging life or geriatric care manager in their area.She is like the best chocolate you can buy. Make an appointment to go to their office and meet with them. Most GCM’s will see you to discuss their services at no charge. You can shop around and interview a few if you wish. Geriatric care managers can be located on the Aging Life Care Association web site Use your long distance family’s parent’s zip code.
It’s a preventative, prudent and loving idea to have a geriatric care manager in the town where your older relative resides. If there is a crisis, it is cheaper to have her solve it. In an urgent situation , she can go to the hospital or emergency room,. This is more sane and cost effective than you getting on last-minute, expensive flights. You can still go but, like Wonder Woman , they can immediately be there to deal with the crisis and solve it. She is good insurance.
Before any crisis, you can have the GCM do an initial assessment and visit your older relative periodically (once a month, once every two months).This is preventative. That way they are there for you when you need them and have all the information to solve the problem.
Think of her the way you do one of those blow-up beds. She can pump them up when you need need in a crisis—perhaps avoid that crisis, and you yourself can sleep more soundly and with more peace of mind in your own bed. Oh and she sometimes brings in her partner- superman who can who as you know ” stands for truth justice and the American way” and is ” faster than a speeding bullet”
Some of the things a geriatric care manager aka Wonder Woman and Superman can do for you are:
1.Save you money by helping keep your parent out of the hospital and you off emergency long distance flights.
2.Facilitate a family discussion of needs, resources, and division of labor among friends family
3. Recommend ways to proactively prepare and plan for a parent’s possible health care crisis.
4.Work on family cooperation to formulate realistic parent-care plan.
5.Assess strengths and weaknesses of all of the potential caregivers
6. Help adult siblings resolve conflicts about care decisions.
7.Help siblings act together in the best interest of the parent
8.Decrease the tension between hometown and long distance siblings
9. Help the long-distance care provider deal with guilt and frustration that may result from their inability to provide more of the day-to-day care.
10.Locate aging resources ( both no -cost trough the older Americans Act) in your aging parents area quickly and without you having to do it
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